Project Management M.S.

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    Project Management M.S.

    Join a hands-on, innovative project management program named one of the best online master’s degree programs by U.S. News and World Report.

Explore the project management master’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

UAA’s master’s degree in project management is one of the longest continuously accredited project management graduate programs in the world, and one of the largest contributors of skilled leaders and managers in Alaska's project-based economy. The program addresses a variety of current workforce demands and contemporary project management techniques. Alumni are well-prepared for today’s most pressing project management demands in Alaska and around the world.

Project management internships and service learning
Gain real-world experience via part-time employment in a professional project management arena of your choice. Project management internships provide a chance to contribute to the success of real companies, and UAA master’s degree students frequently turn internships into full-time career opportunities. You’ll also have a variety of service-learning opportunities through your coursework, which offer other opportunities to engage with local organizations and apply project management leadership skills.

Interactive course delivery
Project management master’s degree courses are taught via blended classroom environments with students both physically present and through real-time, interactive distance course delivery that facilitates lectures and student presentations, seminar discussions, comprehensive collaboration, application sharing and in-class exercises. This allows students from across the state and around the world to join local students and faculty in a virtual classroom. Facilities are outfitted with integrated audio, video and connectivity capabilities that facilitate virtual teaming, and offer the latest project management software applications to enhance the learning experience.

Project management scholarships and financial aid
Get help with tuition and education expenses. UAA offers a variety of scholarships and other types of financial assistance for qualified project management graduate students. Learn more about financial aid opportunities at UAA.

Project Management M.S.

Degree Type:

  • Master

Program Length: Two years

Availability:Online, Anchorage campus

Accredited by: Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center

Did you know..

UAA’s project management program is one of the longest continuously accredited project management graduate programs in the world. Starting salaries for master’s degree graduates range from $86,000 to $280,000.

What can you do with a project management degree from UAA?

UAA’s project management master’s degree program has a near-perfect track record for placement of alumni in project management careers in Alaska and around the world. Many students are offered full-time positions prior to graduation, and many international students who complete the program exclusively as distance students through synchronous virtual connectivity have found employment as project managers in their home countries.

Project management careers
Alaska offers opportunities for project management professionals in diverse industries, such as health care, construction, oil and gas, logistics, transportation, hospitality, regulatory compliance, information security, organizational process improvement, nonprofit organization initiatives, wildlife and fisheries management, environmental protection, telecommunications and mining. The following are just a few of the positions that UAA project management alumni have gone on to attain:

  • President, AIRSA
  • Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration, ASRC
  • Vice President and Principal Consultant, Northern Economics
  • Executive Director, Information Technology, Kaiser Permanente
  • Director of Facilities and Risk Management, Alaska Communications
  • Project Controls Lead, Facebook
  • Senior Project Engineer, Chugach Electric
  • Construction Supervisor, Anchorage School District
  • Project Managers, Alaska Airlines
  • Project Manager, Alaska Department of Natural Resources

By the numbers..

Master of Science in project management students who are working professionals.
UAA College of Engineering
Master of Science in project management alumni who are employed and/or promoted within six months of degree completion.
UAA College of Engineering

Project management master’s degree program highlights

Combining innovative, synchronous course delivery, diverse learning styles and extensive hands-on opportunities, UAA’s nationally recognized project management master’s degree program offers a convenient option for working professionals.

  • Get hands-on project management experience. Internships and service-learning experiences built into the program allow you to apply your learning in project management arenas of your choice while contributing to the success of hosting organizations. Many of these experiences lead directly to employment opportunities.
  • Take part in graduate research. UAA’s master’s degree program gives you the opportunity to engage with the Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) to provide project management support for critical research projects.
  • Work closely with seasoned project management professionals. UAA faculty have decades of experience managing large-scale, complex projects in the private sector, the government, nonprofit organizations and project management consulting companies. The department chair is also the chair of the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs, the international accreditation authority in the field.
  • Participate in clubs and networking events. Opportunities include joining the PMI Alaska Chapter, volunteering and providing project management leadership and mentoring for various undergraduate engineering clubs and projects.

Amazing stories from project management majors

During my capstone presentation I felt extremely confident with the title "Lead Researcher" in the program. Never in my life would I have thought about doing research, but now several universities are considering using the formula I created to measure stress in commuters vs. other modes of travel. I could not have asked for better professional development than what I experienced in your program.

Chrissie Ditmore
UAA student Douglas Baye

Coming to Anchorage from his home country of Nigeria has been an exciting experience for Douglas Baye. Now a noted advocate for other international students and an active volunteer in the Anchorage community, Douglas works toward a master’s degree in project management.

Project management profile: UAA international student Douglas Baye
Awardees posing at the Project Management Institute awards gala

In 2019, two alumnae of the Master of Science in Project Management program received highly competitive awards from the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading professional association for project managers.

Josiane Ballin and Angele Ndedi Edimo
LuAnn Piccard

Associate Professor LuAnn Piccard believes in the power of the journey. Like any good project manager, she understands that life isn’t a straight line that leads from point A to point B. No flowchart, after all, can account for every possible outcome.

From Hewlett-Packard to UAA

Project management master’s degree program curriculum

UAA’s project management curriculum is designed as a sequence of core courses that mirrors the phases in a project life cycle: initiation and planning, execution, monitoring and control, closeout and transition and handoff to operations. These core courses are augmented by a range of elective courses focused on advanced application of specific project management tools and techniques, alternative project management methodologies and individually tailored independent study opportunities. Students have multiple opportunities to manage projects end-to-end over the course of study in the program.

Top classes for project management majors

  • Stakeholder Engagement and Collaboration
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Capstone Project A: Initiating and Planning
  • Capstone Project B: Executing, Controlling and Closing